[ih-rin-is, ih-rahy-nis]

noun, plural E·rin·y·es [ih-rin-ee-eez] /ɪˈrɪn iˌiz/. Greek Mythology.

any of the Furies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for erinys

Historical Examples of erinys

  • So was the vengeance of the Erinys accomplished, and the work of the Avengers of Blood ended.

  • Then the voice of Ixion smote the ear of Hesioneus, harsh as the flapping of the wings of Erinys when she wanders through the air.

  • And even as she prayed, the awful Erinys, who wanders through the air, heard her words and swore to accomplish the doom.

  • The name Erinys did not originally mean Fury, and it cannot be explained from Greek sources alone.

  • There was no more joy within the halls of Oineus, for the Erinys had done their task well.

Word Origin and History for erinys



(plural erinyes), one of the three avenging spirits (Alecto, Tisiphone, Megaera) in Greek religion, of unknown origin, perhaps "the angry spirit" (cf. Arcadian erinein "to be angry," Greek orinein "to raise, stir, excite," eris "strife, discord"). Related: Erinnic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper